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Nordic ships head to Syria for delayed chemical shipment

Published on Jan 3, 2014 7:53 PM
 
The Norwegian frigate Helge Ingstad sails past a fishing boat as it leaves the port of Limassol in the east Mediterranean island of Cyprus for waters off Syria on Jan 3, 2014. The Vessels are headed towards Syria to escort a delayed shipment of chemical weapons for destruction. -- PHOTO: AFP

BEIRUT (AFP) - Danish and Norwegian vessels left the Cypriot port of Limassol on Friday and headed towards Syria to escort a delayed shipment of chemical weapons for destruction, a spokesman said.

"The Norwegian-Danish task group to transport Syria's chemical agents to destruction left the port of Limassol this morning," said Norwegian armed forces spokesman Lars Magne Hovtun.

"The four ships have now set a course toward a holding area in international water outside Syria, so we are most ready to enter the port of Latakia when the order arrives," he added.

The ships are to be joined by Chinese and Russian vessels inside Syrian waters under a plan agreed in Moscow on Friday.

 
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